Gots mango on my mind! Excited to create this piece in time to celebrate the 10th Annual Mangoes at the Moana event happening tomorrow (Sat, July 14) from 12P-5P at the Moana Surfrider! If you’re in the area, make like a mango and drop on by! ✨😆🤙🏽💕✨
Kk, gotta mango-a-go-go to work for now, so I’ll make like a tree and leaf you all with the best vibes Aloha Friday can bring! All the love to you, friends! ✨💚😘🌳🍃💚✨
Gots a hunch
for a bunch of brunch dreamin’,
sweet & savory schemin’,
hungry bellies you better be believin’,
gonna munch on some lunch.
‘Cuz I gotta work this morning. ✨😅🥞✨
Ok, ok, maybe I’ll just stick to the puns and prose lol. Love you a brunch, friends! Hope your weekend is topped off with the sweetest fruits summer can bring (with an extra side of coconut whip!)! ✨😆😘💕✨
Feeling crabby lately? Might be the summer heat kicking in or just feeling the pinch of Cancer season scuttling it’s way here!✨ 🦀♋️✨
Whether you’ve been feeling more like a hermit or a king lately, don’t let the tide get you down! Wishing you all that you need to seas the day, friends! Thanks for getting through the clawful amount of puns. And cat paws. ✨🦀😺🤙🏽✨
P.S. Oh shell yes, I’ll have this design available @mori_hawaii and in the Etsy shop for shore!
Da “giji giji” cutter. “You know, da one that make da giji giji,” as Grandma describes using her pointer finger to make a zig zag motion in the air.
To this day, I have not known this tool by any other name lol. It has even led me to realize how much I use “giji giji” to describe patterns, textures, and even that one handy papaya salad peeler with the blue handle. Also realized how cuckoo I must sound to those who have thought I was making my own words up (‘das right ah @juicybrew LOL🤣).
This tool only comes out a few times a year when grandma makes her ono ice cream jello (gotta be the orange or guava kine!). To think how much laughter, confused head scratches, and jello has come about from this cutter and it’s name— I just love it. Sorry I never cut this one short, but I knew you could handle it. Especially with this funky kine handle 😉😆
Such a gift to work on this piece for Grandma Uyehara— seeing and feeling her beauty, strength and love through the process is such a wonderful feeling. Wishing you all much good vibes, laughter and the good grippy kine footwear (literally and/or metaphorically!) for any type of mountains you may be climbing. All my love, homies!!
Tokyo adventures living on through taiyaki dreams! Fishing for the right words to tell of this delicious tail, but can’t put into exact words and emojis on how much I loved discovering this sweet catch! ✨🤤🐟✨
🐟After a full day of walking and exploring the city, it was so nice to stumble upon this cute Taiyaki shop. It was a perfect way to end the night as sistah @pkim_hi and I put together our loose change to buy this special treat— Sweet potato filled, freshly made before our eyes— our new toasty, warm friend kept us good company on a pretty chilly night...well, in our bellies at least. 😉😜☺️💕
Have a swimmingly swell Aloha Friday, friends! 💙✨
Get ready for double the fun as we twinsie it up for Gemini season! ✨🌌👯♀️♊️👯♂️🌌✨
✨Wishing you all twice as many adventures, laughter and, of course, two times the bucketfuls of your favorite summer fruits!! Oh how I still long for a lychee emoji to express the feels and even a mango picker one would be cool, too, lol. 😆🤙🏽 All the love to you, friends! Have an awesome one! 🌟💛✨
Never really know where to begin with all the feels— especially in these last weeks when there has been waves upon waves of new beginnings, new experiences, new everything. 🌊🌊🌊😭💕
All the words, emojis, and booms will never be able to convey how much my recent travels to Japan has affected me as a creative and as a human finding a sense of place in this ever changing world. Being a part of the Mori by Art+Flea Market in Tokyo was incredibly overwhelming in all the best ways— making new friendships 💚 sharing embraces, laughter and adventures with such amazing creatives 💛 endless growing and learning from it all— even from myself, about myself.💜
Forever grateful for @aly_ishikuni_sasaki & @ichiban_kame_chan for all their blood, sweat and tears in making opportunities possible for the local creative community. It has been truly surreal to experience a dream unfold into reality, to have the support and strength to keep moving forward both in the creative realm and in life. To you all— thank you, thank you, thank you 🙏🏽💕✨
She da bess. If you haven’t met this lady in person, in many ways you already have because I surely got it from my mama 😉😏😆💕
✨A hollah of gratitude to all the amazing women in life— may it be moms, grandmas, aunties, sisters, cousins, friends, teachers, a kind stranger— who share strength, kindness, love and laughter... such a gift to be surrounded by such treasures💓💓💓 All the love to you on this day and everyday! ✨😘😭💕✨
P.S. Yes, I’m scarfing down a bag of roasted peanuts on a train. 📸: @pkim_hi ✨
Thank you so, so much everyone for all the love, warm messages & emoji feels of our biggest, tiniest adventure ahead! We are truly grateful for you all and are overwhelmed with full hearts knowing how much love and support is in this world, for each other and da future generations to come!✨😉😭💕✨
It’s been such a magical whirlwind in these last few days in preparing for the Mori by Art+Flea Market at HML Festival in Tokyo, Japan! 🎌The opening day of this 5 day event has arrived and I still can’t believe I’m here. In all these years of struggles, joys, tears, nervous sweat and laughter— thank you all so much for the support, encouragement and strength to keep pursuing what I love to do. You all have brought me here and have made this journey a truly un-FUR-gettable one! ✨😽😭🙏🏽💕✨
Oh, baby! This year— heck, this lifetime, has been quite the adventure so far, kiddos! Thanh and I are beyond the moon excited to share that we’ll be having a tiny, new farmhand arriving this September! (For the record, we’re not talkin’ fur-baby kine this time lol)✨🦆🐓🐈😅✌🏽✨
With all the things that have come along our way and all the moments that are awaiting ahead, we can’t express how thankful we are for the support & kindness you all have shared on this journey... and, my gosh, for putting up with all the puns. And now with this new pun in the...oven? ✨✌🏽😬😆✌🏽✨
Forever grateful for you all, sending much love and warmth as always!! ✨💜💜💜✨
Holy cow! There’s no bull about it...wait, there’s actually a lot of bull ‘cuz we are charging right into Taurus season! ✨🌌🐃♉️✨
Wishing you all the space, energy, strength and ample amount of green pastures to stay recharge-bull, adapta-bull, and hum-bull! Happy Aloha Friday, friends! ✨✌🏽😺🐮✌🏽✨
Saying goodbye never gets easier. The sweetest goodbyes that I cherish to this day were on my visits with Grandma Uyehara. At the end of every visit, she would always stand outside her 3rd floor apartment to wave us goodbye. Even when we would wait the longest time for the traffic light to turn green, I would look back and there she was smiling and waving until we drove out of sight. As we celebrated her beautiful life of 91 years young this weekend, it was one of the hardest, but most heartfelt goodbyes to her. ✨💗👵🏼💗✨
It’s still a wonder to me how things fall into place, how sometimes the most intense moments in life tend to work itself out in the slivers of stillness, in between breaths, even through the ink of a pen stroke. ✨
This watercolor was left unfinished for the longest time in my sketchbook. Inspired by the “Three Friends of Winter” these three plants thrive during the harshest, coldest winters. Pine representing resilience and longevity, Bamboo for strength and flexibility, Plum for its pure spirit and hope for new opportunities of beauty & joy that await right around the corner. ✨🌲🎋🌸✨
These past months, especially this weekend, has been filled with an extremely wide range of emotions. With all of the things to do, all the things on the mind, it was so nice to take a breath and finish this piece while reflecting on the moments shared with Grandma. Couldn’t have asked for a better space and reminder that we can all persevere through the most difficult and overwhelming circumstances that come our way, that we all have our own light within us to shine brightly through the darkest moments.
Less puns, more plums today, but know I’m rooting and pining for all of you!! Wishing much love & light to you, friends!! 💕✨
I can’t believe this is happening!! It’s been a dream to continue the creative journey and I couldn’t ask for a better group of amazing, talented creatives to be with as we travel to Japan for the MORI by Art+Flea Market at HML Festival, Tokyo Midtown event!!! ✨😭😭😭✨
Beyond excited and overwhelmed (in all the best ways) to be experiencing Japan for the first time and all of the adventures that’s in store! Forever grateful for @aly_ishikuni_sasaki & @artandflea for the opportunities they make possible for the creative community. It’s such a treasure to have the support & encouragement to do what you love to do! Wishing you all an awesome week ahead!! Chee!!
This noodle doodle is broth to you by all the PHOnomenal beings in life that share warmth, give comfort, brings a smile on rainy days, are oodles of noodles of joy to be with and, of course, always comes with a side of fresh veggies...teehee!
Will soup stock this mew design @mori_hawaii and soon to come in the Etsy shop! Thank you all for such warmth and support in making this creative journey a Pho King amazing one! ✨🙀🙊🍲👑😬🤙🏽✨
Friends!! How have ewe been!? I’ve been so baa-a-a-d at keeping up with instagram posting, but can’t be sheepish with this one since we are RAMming right into Aries season! Wool have these available @mori_hawaii and soon in the Etsy shop! ✨🐏♈️🌌✨
2018 is showing itself to be one heck of a space ride that has thrown bumbucha asteroids, rough turbulence, but also the most amazing shooting stars, sometimes all at once. A year that I’ve felt so much already and yet, still so much more to embrace and explore. Wishing you all the love, abundance and steady hooves to keep climbing, to keep moving forward!! ✨⛰🐑🐏⛰✨
I was thinking something was fishy about the weather! Hands (and fins!) up if Pisces is your season to make a splash!💦 Wishing you all super swell beginnings as we dive into the new lunar year, too! If the tide feels ever changing (and sometimes too quickly to keep up with), I sea you. Especially in Pisces season, let’s make like fish and just keep swimming! All the love and fishy kisses to you homies!
✨Will have these starry greetings available @mori_hawaii and soon to come in he Etsy shop! Hope your day is out of this world! ✨👩🏼🚀🤙🏽🚀✨
Thinking of you frondly 🌿✨
Pretty frond of the Loulu palm (the only palm native to Hawaiʻi!) and inspired by its beauty, endurance and strength especially in this time when it’s at risk of being endangered. If you’re lucky enough to find a seed, don’t leaf it behind— plant that cute buggah! ✨💚🌴💚✨
Will leaf these frond greetings @mori_hawaii and soon to come in the Etsy shop, too! Have an awesome weekend, friends! 🌿🌿🌿
Disclaimer: No kittens were forced into pose for this photo. 😝 Miki continues to amaze us with just being...Miki LOL 🐱🤙🏽😳🤣